Stoudemire bows out like a champion

Hobbled star, who carried Knicks on his back all season, plays through pain in finale

Updated: April 25, 2011, 12:57 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Amare Stoudemire wanted this from the start -- this city, this franchise, this burden, this game. He was the first man in, the star who embraced the very thing that chased LeBron James to South Beach, and there was no way a bad back would keep him from shepherding his first season to the grave.

So the big man sucked down some Advil and prepared himself for a fight. "The only way I would sit this one out," Stoudemire said before Game 4, "was if I couldn't walk."

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